Charmbure Upkari – Spicy Mangalorean street food with puffed rice | South Indian style Bhel

                                                     There are two dishes my dad makes the best. One of them is Cauliflower bajo {fritters/pakoda} and the other is Charmbure upkari. And both have become Miss A’s favorite snacks, much to her Ajja (grandfather)’s delight. He never fails to make both when we go there on vacation.

So being right back from India, we all were missing the delicious food, street food especially. And when I asked the husband which chaat he would like to indulge, there came his reply, “Make charmbure upkari.”. Oh boy! Wasn’t I glad! This Mangalorean style bhel is not only quick to assemble but also very healthy. There I got my next blog post too.

                                                  My friend Renuka loves it and calls it “Aapka style bhel” as it is very different from the north Indian style bhel puri. You can find these all over Karnataka in tourist places and temple premises especially during the chariot festival times. They serve it in newspaper cones and the serving size is so huge that you feel full when you finish half of it. The flavors cannot be replicated at home but this charmbure upkari tastes very similar to what they make (That’s what the husband says.)
So do try this for your next evening snack and your family is sure to love it. Happy and Healthy cooking!!

Health Benefits of Puffed rice: Low in calories, these are an ideal snack for obese people. High in Iron, puffed rice is easy to digest. Ideal snack for those sensitive to wheat and gluten. A good snack for toddlers especially during road trips.

RECIPE: {Serves 2}

2 Cups Puffed rice
1/2 Cup fine Sev or Bhujiya
1/2 Cup grated Carrots
1 medium sized Onion, finely chopped
1 medium sized Tomato, finely chopped
3 to 4 green chillies, depending on your spice level
1/4 Cup finely chopped coriander leaves
A handful of Peanuts roasted lightly in a tsp of oil
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Sambar powder
1/2 tsp Chat masala powder/pani puri masala
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

*grated raw mango gives an amazing flavor to charmbure upkari. So do add 1/4 cup of grated raw mango if available.

1. Take the grated carrots, finely chopped onion, tomato, green chillies, coriander leaves (and raw mango if adding) in a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the dry powders and lemon juice. Also add salt.

3. Roast peanuts in little oil and add to the bowl. Add sev.

4. Now add the puffed rice little by little and mix well adding coconut oil.

Serve instantly.

Note: Charmbure upkari should be eaten soon after mixed or else the puffed rice turns soggy.

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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